The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

Student Success Fund

Overcoming everyday obstacles to student success.

While the state of Virginia has made major investments to support high-demand workforce programs for low-to-middle-income and at-risk students, there are significant financial barriers not covered by traditional financial aid. The cost of childcare, transportation, housing, food, or an unforeseen medical bill can be more than that of tuition and books, and frequently forces otherwise successful students to drop out. Without access to these basic needs, earning a college degree is difficult—if not impossible.

The VFCCE Student Success Fund is a flexible and vital support system that provides rapid aid to ensure degree completion and a pathway to employment.

In addition to completing their community college education, these students enter the workforce positioned for success thanks to this supplemental support and training. They are statistically more likely to secure higher-paying roles, and to remain in those roles for a longer period. This means more economic stability for those students and for the Virginia economy.

With your support, the student success fund can achieve its mission to:

  • Reduce students dropping out of college due to basic needs insecurity
  • Support the statewide HIRE Virginia goal of filling 75,000 middle-skill jobs in Virginia
  • Double the number of students who achieve graduation, degree or credential achievement, or transfer to a four-year institution
  • Achieve a 75% semester-to-semester retention rate
  • Support basic needs components of existing VFCCE innovation programs that focus on parent students, former foster youth, rural residents, and many more deserving Virginians.

Student Success

Peyton was able to pursue a degree in nursing thanks to the Chris Lumsden Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship awarded to her through the VFCCE.

Peyton Myers
Graduate, Southside Community College

Female nurse with glasses

Serving the Student, Strengthening the State

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